• Shankar Neupane
  • Updated on Jun 11, 2024

Top 6 Beautiful Lakes in Nepal That Can Take Your Breath Away

Top 6 Beautiful Lakes in Nepal That Can Take Your Breath Away

Nepal is popular for the highest peak in the world, and Gautam Buddha, the sign of peace, lakes in Nepal are another country’s biggest attraction, certainly, sightseeing the natural beauty around the Lakes in Nepal will make you feel no less than in heaven. All Nepal hiking presents you with the top 6 beautiful lakes in Nepal that will take your breath away. Nepal is home to some of the best and most amazing lakes globally. Outstanding to the enormous and diverse landscape Nepal has a total of 5,358 lakes spread at different elevations; Pokhara itself has eight beautiful lakes, including the beautiful Phewa Lake. Lakes here, naturally formed or artificial, are remarkably beautiful, calm, and serene, which gives value to our history. Nepal is gifted with a total number of 2,323 glacial lakes, out of which 20 are potentially dangerous.

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1. Rara Lake

Truly one of the most iconic lakes in the Himalayas; A beautiful Rara Lake is something that will carve in your heart. The largest Lake of Nepal lies in the Mugu district in the western part of Nepal at an elevation of 2990m.

Where is Rara Lake Located? (Rara Lake’s elevation and Altitude)

The magnificent Rara Lake is situated in the Mugu District of Karnali Province, Nepal, at an elevation of 2990m.

Rara Lake’s Depth and Shape

The Lake is of Oval-shape and surrounded by beautiful conifer forests, reflecting the snow-capped Himalayas. You can boat in the clear waters of Rara Lake, whose depth is 167m. Hike to nearby hills for closer views of the Lake, and mountains and come across the pleasant local people.

Kathmandu to Rara Lake ( Distance and Trek)

This is not where you will find that dramatic, high mountain energy as it is located 864 km away from Kathmandu. This is a place of quiet, peaceful energy and a place to relax and reveal.

2. Gokyo Lake

If backpacking to distant and quieter locations is your thing. In other words, Located in the world-famous Everest Region Gokyo Lake trek is just where you should be for your next escape.

According to Hindu mythology, the Gokyo Lake is the residence of Naga Devata- the Snake God. At the western corner of the Lake, you can find a temple of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. The complex geographical structure and elevation make this trek a tougher trek for a normal trekker.

Where is Gokyo Lake Located? (Gokyo Lake’s elevation and Altitude)

Gokyo Lake is one of the world’s highest freshwater lake systems located at an altitude of 4,700 to 5,000. The Lake is located in the Khumjung Village Development Committee of Solukhumbhu District.

Depth and Shape of Lake Gokyo

Considered sacred by Hindus and Buddhists, the Lake is 43 m in-depth and is roughly oval-shaped if viewed from the western side.

Kathmandu to Gokyo Lake ( Distance and Trek)

Gokyo Lake is the highlight for trekkers who travel to the Everest region for the famous Everest-Gokyo Lake Trek. Lying in an ecologically unsafe and unstable zone. It is one of the most exciting and adventurous expeditions located 136 km distance away from the country’s capital.

3. Lake Tilicho

The rolling hills and beautiful scenery surrounding the Lake secure its place on this list. The hills and mountains surrounding Tilicho Lake help create a beautiful setting. Take on the challenge of this demanding trek; certainly, the rewards will be priceless and a true once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Where is Tilicho Lake Located? (Tilicho Lake’s elevation and Altitude)

If offbeat travel is your thing. In other words, Tilicho Lake – located at 4,949m with a depth of around 200 meters deep in the Manang district of Annapurna Range, the highest altitude lake in the world, should be definitely on your travel wishlist.

Tilicho Lake Trek and Route

The Tilicho Lake trek provides a great variety of cultures, diversity, and majestic panoramic views. The Lake lies in the Annapurna region’s isolated area, making trek the adventurous and exhilarating expeditions.

4. Gosaikunda Lake

Gosainkunda Lake is one of the pilgrimage sites for Hindu religions as it is Lord Shiva’s Lake. The Lake lies at the best high-altitude trekking destination in the country.

The Lake is well-known for its natural beauty and spiritual significance. Oak and pine forests surround the Lake with the natural perfume of Rhododendron which increases its beauty.

Where is Gosaikunda Lake Located? (Gosaikunda Lake’s elevation and Altitude)

Lake Gosaikunda lies at an elevation of 4,380m with an area of 13.8 ha (34 acres)  in the Rasuwa District, known for its religious significance.

Kathmandu to Lake Gosaikunda

People consider its water holy and of particular importance during Hindu Festivals like the Janai Purnima and Ganga Dashahara festivals. That is to say, Thousands of pilgrims from Nepal and India visit the area during the festival. The distance to reach Gosaikunda from Kathmandu of 41.5km, and it takes a seven-day short hike.

Gosaikunda Lake Trek

Gosainkunda Lake is often a highlighted destination of the famous Langtang Valley Trek. The Lake remains frozen for six months during winter; the ice from the Lake melts down to form the Trishuli River. The Gosaikunda trek is one of the short and remarkable treks of Nepal for trekkers and pilgrims.

6. Phewa Lake

How can one talk about Lakes in Nepal and forget Phewa, is the most visited and popular Lake in Nepal? Phewa Lake is a small paradise located south of Pokhara Valley. The Lake is a notable feature of Pokhara City, so; you can spend some time soaking up the natural beauty on walks.

Where is Phewa Located? ( Lake Phewa’s elevation and Altitude)

Phewa Lake lies in the Kaski District of Nepal; the LLake creates a magnificent reflection on the surface of the Machhapuchhre Himal; travelers often use Fewa Lake for pleasure and boating. The Lakeside cafes have an outdoor tea room with a view of Phewa Lake, and colorful wooden rowboats just waiting for travelers to ride them.

Phewa Lake Activities

Phewa Lake has been popular for boating for long years, so you can row your boat or hire a boatman at a low cost. Many people cycle or walk around the lakeside and, the trek up to the World Peace Pagoda offers irresistible views over the Lake to the mountains beyond.

Why All Nepal Hiking?

If you have set your mind on adventurous short hikes or treks in Nepal, then book your holiday package with All Nepal Hiking to experience these beautiful lakes in Nepal. A trip to the Himalayas land would be a memory that recalls you for your entire life.

Honorable Mentions :

6 . Begnas Lake, Kaski7 .Guphapokhari , Sankhuwasabha8 . Magadha, Lalitpur9 . Rupa Lake, Kaski10. Indra Sarowar, Makawanpur11. Ghunchok Pokhari, Gorkha

Shankar Neupane

Shankar Neupane

An engineering graduate from Tribhuvan University who was passionate about trekking, climbing, and mountain tourism began his adventure trip in the Himalayas when he was still a teenager. At last, he finds a way to make his interests and pastimes pay the bills. Shankar was very impressed by the snow-capped mountains, trekking, and climbing in the Himalayas because he grew up surrounded by the Ganesh Himal and Manaslu regions.

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